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Inside of OS X regardless of version is the Library Folder. This mythical folder contains all sorts of important information about you, your computer, your files and apps. It is a place that Apple by designed does not show you in Finder because one wrong step and you could delete something or change something that causes apps to fail and other general mayhem.
Back in November of 2011 I showed you how to show the Library Folder in OS X Lion – and it was a process. Fortunately
Apple has made it much simpler in Mavericks and in this How To I will show you exactly what you need to do. As before however, I need to warn you. Unless you absolutely need to do so you should keep your User/Library folder hidden. By unhiding the folder you could accidentally delete something or change something that causes general issues with your Mac. You’ve been warned!
To start, open up Finder on your Mac and navigate to your User Folder. This will be the folder that is usually your name. Once you have that folder displayed in Finder, two-finger tap on your trackpad (or “right-click”) to open up the menu for the folder and navigate to “Show View Options”. This will open up the viewing options menu for this folder. About halfway down the menu you will see a checkbox with “Show Library Folder” next to it. Check that box and magically you will now see your Library Folder. No Terminal scripting required in Mavericks, just this simple checkbox.
From this point forward your Library Folder will now be displayed when you navigate to your User folder in Mavericks and you can easily navigate within the folder for making changes.
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One of the great new features of iOS 7 is Control Center. Control Center in iOS 7 gives you the ability to quickly access features that are commonly needed while using your iPhone or iPad. This includes things such as being able to turn your WiFi and Bluetooth functionality on or off, put your device in Airplane Mode, accessing your camera or the calculator just the name a few. It is a handy feature – yes Android users I know you’ve had this a while already – and is one of the things we really like about this new iOS.
Just for a point of clarity, Control Center is accessed by sliding from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad up to
the top. It brings up a translucent panel – that is Control Center.
By default Control Center in iOS 7 is enabled by default and it is enabled to be accessible from the Lock Screen and from within Apps. It is that last part that can be tricky as some apps you need to be able to swipe from the bottom or near the bottom but you don’t want to accidentally open up Control Center. Think Infinity Blade III for example when you are in a fight. One move is to swipe up to upper-cut your opponent. It has been frustrating a few times when I’ve done this and gotten Control Center instead.
While you cannot completely disable Control Center in iOS 7 you can limit it to only being accessible via the Home screen and not anywhere else. In this How To we show you exactly how to do that to help prevent those accidental openings.
We are all aware by now of the many changes that iOS 7 has brought to your iPhone and your iPad and one of the biggest changes was with the built-in Camera app. in iOS 7 you know can dow filtering right from within the app and shoot a variety of photo types – from square format to panoramic photos – with a single swipe. A feature that has not received a lot of press though is the new Burst Mode in the Camera app. In this How To we will show you how to use Burst Mode in the Camera app in iOS 7 so you can take a sequence of photos at your next sporting or family game event.
Using Burst Mode in the Camera app is deceptively simple as you don’t do anything different than when you take a normal
photo. As we all know, to take a photo just tap the shutter button on your iPhone or iPad screen or use the volume up button on your iPhone. To use Burst Mode instead of taking a photo and releasing your finger from the screen, keep holding it down. As long as you are holding your finger on the shutter button, iOS 7 will continue to capture photos, taking one about every second.
When you have completed taking your sequence of photos, go into the Photos app and you will see the sequence of photos you have taken as individual photos. Now you can go through and select the one or two you want to keep in the sequence and delete the rest.
Burst Mode is great if you are trying to capture sports, pets or kids. You can simply hold the shutter button down and capture a sequence to try to get the best shot. It is something photographers have had an camera for decades and now you don’t have to buy an app to get this features. It’s built in!
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Personal Hotspot is a feature that has been available in iOS since version 4.3 and allows you to effectively turn your iPhone into your own Internet access point. By configuring it, you can connect your Mac, PC or WiFi only iPad to your iPhone as if it were a WiFi access point, leveraging the 3G connectivity that your iPhone has for Internet Access. In this How To we will show you how to enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and connect up a device to it.
Before we begin there are two important things you need to keep in mind about setting up your Personal Hotspot. First, you have to have the feature enabled on your account with your mobile provider. Most providers throughout the world charge an additional fee to enable the feature and allow only a certain amount of data via this “tethering”. You will need to make sure that you have this on your account with your provider or you likely not be able to enable the feature on your iPhone. For the purpose of this How To we are assuming you have this enabled on your account. Please do not email AlliOSNews to enable this feature for you. We can’t do it – you have to go through your mobile carrier.
Secondly, you should be very mindful of the amount of data that you are using when you are using your Personal Hotspot on your iPhone. Macs, PCs and other connected devices can rapidly consume large chunks of data and if you have a small and/or limited data plan you could end up with significant overage charges. Put it another way: Most of us should only use Personal Hotspot as an emergency solution to get online from your Mac or PC.
As an EXPAT from the United States living in the United Kingdom, I’ve had to learn to live in the mixed world of Imperial versus Metric measurements. Here in the UK, the roads are measured in miles but just about everything else is measured in meters, centimetres, etc. It makes things fun! For travel to continental Europe however, it is a bit easy as everything is in metric, much like it is for Canada and Mexico in relation to the United States. Apple has made it quite easy for you to
switch from one measurement standard to the other in the included Maps app in iOS 6 and iOS 7 and in this How To I will show you how to change Maps from miles to kilometers.
To start, on your iPhone or iPad go into Settings and scroll your way down until you find Maps. When you tap Maps you will see all of the settings that you can adjust for the app including your preferred mode of transportation (driving or walking) and if you want the map to always be in your devices language (in my case, English). The top setting is the Distances with the choice of “In Miles” or “In Kilometers”. Tap the one that you want to use then close Settings.
From this point forward when you open the Maps app it will measure in the distance you selected: Miles or Kilometers. To change it back simply go back into Settings and change it. This change does not require you restart your device – it takes over immediately.
If you are using a maps app other than the including Maps in iOS then you will need to make this change from within that app itself. For example, in Google Maps you can adjust the distance measurements by going into Settings and selecting Distance units.
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The iWork suite from Apple continues to gain in popularity and with the recent announcement that the apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – will be provided free to new iPhone users, you can expect that trend to continue. The beauty of the iWork apps is their integration with iCloud so you can quickly and easily access your documents from any device within the apps. There are times however where the apps struggle with finding your files on iCloud. It isn’t that they have disappeared, it is just the app not able to find them. Remember that the current iWork apps were “retrofitted” to work with iCloud and it is our opinion that this sometimes causes the apps to “brain fade”. We are hoping that this and other changes coming in the coming weeks when new versions of the iWork suite are expected to be announced. In the meantime however, In this How To we are going to show you how to reset iWork apps on your iPhone or iPad to get the working with iCloud again. It’s a simple, non-destructive way to get things working smoothly again.
For this How To we assume that you already have the iWork suite of apps. If you register a new device – new iPhone 4S, iPhone 5s or 5c or iPad – that is running iOS 7, you get these apps free of charge in the App Store when you sign in for the first time. If you already have a registered device then you can buy the apps for $9.99 each (links to purchase at the end of this How To). We at AlliOSNews highly recommend the iWork apps as they are a far less expensive alternative to Microsoft Office and is our office suite of choice.
There are a lot of things that could improve with iCloud but one thing it does amazingly well is backup your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. With a simple setting your device gets backup every day when it is plugged into a power source and on WiFi. It is exactly what a backup should be: effortless. Those backups obviously consume storage space in your iCloud account and as you upgrade your iPhone or iPad you may have backups for devices you no longer use or even own. In this How To we will show you how to delete an iCloud backup from your iCloud account to save space. Best of all, you can do this directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
From your device, go to Settings then go to iCloud and towards the bottom of the page you will see Storage & Backup
(General>iCloud>Storage & Backups). Tap here and you will see the Total storage you have in your iCloud account, how much of it is available. From this page you can also change your storage plan as we covered in a previous How To and you can force iCloud to do a backup of your device immediately with the Back Up Now button. For this How To we need to go the Manage Storage section.
In the Manage Storage section you will see all of the backups for all of your devices along with the documents and data that are consuming your iCloud storage as well as your iCloud mail. In my case I have a backup of an old iPad that I want to delete. I tap that device (named Clinton’s iPad in my screenshot) to be brought to the details page of that backup. This page tells me when the last backup happened and the size of the backup. In red letters below is a button Delete Backup. Tap this, confirm you want to do this, and presto! The backup is deleted from your iCloud account. No fuss.
Backups to iCloud generally are in the 300-400MB range as they don’t include your Music or any photos you may have synced to your device via iTunes. So don’t expect gigabytes of reclaimed space. That said, a 400MB savings from an old device if you have the free 5GB storage account from iCloud is a substantial storage savings.
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With the redesign of iOS 7, one of the aspects that will take getting use to for some users is the new indicators on when a feature is enabled or disabled. Previously the switches had a blue background with the word ON or OFF in it to indicate the feature’s state. That is gone in iOS 7 and replace by either a green indicator when the feature is enabled or a blank white one when it is disabled. There is however a way to turn on the the universal power indicators on these switches in iOS 7 and in this How To we will show you how to turn on the on/off labels in iOS 7 so you can quickly identify if a feature is enabled.
Start by going to Settings on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini or iPod Touch running iOS 7 then navigate to General then to
Accessibility (Settings>General>Accessibility). In the second set of options, the last feature is “On/Off Labels”. You will note that the slider next to this has an o while the feature is off. Turn the feature on and now the slider is green with an I in the green section to indicate it is enabled or turned on. The I and O are the universal indicators for when something is on or off so you have in all likelihood seen this before on other devices or on power switches.
When it is enabled, every slider throughout iOS 7 will have the I or O indicator in them so you can quickly and easily see if you have enabled a feature.
Why is this important? For some of us, having the I or O indicator is just a gentle reminder of when we have enabled a feature in iOS 7. For those who are Blue-Green colour-blind however, this is a very handy feature. At a glance those who are green colour blind can see if they have enabled something in iOS 7. It eliminates the guesswork. Remember that this was found in the Accessibility section of iOS 7 and while we often think of these settings for the physically challenged, Apple has thought of other who have different and unique challenges in their everyday lives. The on/off labels is just one more way they do this.
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One of the cool eye candy features of iOS 7 is the parallax on the Home screen. This allows you to see around the icons on your Home screen and see more of your wallpaper. It is a really fun and cool feature that gives the impression of depth in iOS 7. But that cool factor comes at a cost, namely your battery life. In this How To we are going to show you how to turn off parallax in iOS 7 so you can save your battery life while on-the-go. This setting is a bit buried in iOS 7 so follow
Start by going into Settings on iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad then navigate to General then Accessibility (Settings>General>Accessibility). Navigate about midway down the settings sheet and you will see an option for Reduce Motion which is by default off. Tap this to go into the Reduce Motion settings. By enabling this you will reduce the amount of motion on the user interface which includes the parallax effect on icons and alerts. Turn this on and you have turned off parallax.
If you want to re-enable the parallax effect simply reverse these instructions.
The only real benefit of disabling parallax is the saving of battery power but conversely you could argue if you really need parallax in the first place. After all, we’ve been using iOS this long without it! But it is cool, especially if you have a trippy wallpaper to show off the effect.
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One of the many new features in iOS 7 is the ability to have your apps automatically update when your device is connected to power and on WiFi. The idea is to keep you up-to-date with the apps on your device without you having to go and tap the App Store icon and do the updates yourself. That said, some of us like to control when apps are updated. In our case,
we like to see which updates have come in across a day so we can report them to you here at AlliOSNews. Other reasons may be you like that last versions look and feel better and don’t want to update it yet. Regardless of why, in this How To we will show you how to disable auto app update in iOS 7.
On your iPhone or your iPad, go to Settings then navigate your way to iTunes & App Store towards the bottom of the Settings page. Tap iTunes & App Store and you will see your Apple ID along with several other settings including those for iTunes Match, showing of purchases, etc. Towards the bottom you will see an Automatic Downloads section. This allow for new music, apps and book purchases to be automatically downloaded on this device when you have made those purchases on another device. There is a new option in this section named Updates. This is what you need to disable in oder to turn off automatic app updates. Slide it off (where it is no longer green) and you are finished. Now you will no longer get auto app updates on your device.
You can always turn this back on simply by reversing this process to re-enable it.
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